• photo of a lion, the hills of Hollywood and the Hollywood sign behindAn LA Story
    In the hills near Hollywood, a lone mountain lion is challenging us to prove that humans and wildlife can coexist.
    by Miguel Ordeñana
  • artwork depicting a person on a hill, set on a folded piece of paperFinding Time for Our Parks
    We are visiting more parks but spending less time in them. What does this mean for the future of our wild spaces?
    by John de Graaf
  • photo of the night sky, with the shadow of a stone monolith silhouettedSacred Lands
    The NPS’s efforts to help tribes access sacred sites within national parks is a work in progress.
    by Dorothy FireCloud
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Copyrighting Nature

An artist uses her creativity to fight the construction of natural gas pipelines

In June 2015, ecological artist Aviva Rahmani installed an unusual work of art in a forest in Peekskill, New York. She and several dozen volunteers used non-toxic paint to create blue sine waves, the symbol for sound waves, on trees that stood…
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Defending Mongolia’s Growing National Park System

A visit with Tumursukh Jal, director of one of the largest protected areas in northern Asia

A few months ago, when Mongolian national park director Tumursukh Jal was on an official visit to the Grand Canyon, one of his hosts asked a simple question: “How many national parks do you guys have there in your home country?” When…
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Park Service Weighs Whether to Boost Dwindling Isle Royale Wolf Numbers

Isolated population, down to three wolves, strained by rising temperatures and inbreeding

In the late 1940s, Isle Royale’s moose population, which swam to the island decades earlier, welcomed some new visitors: a group of gray wolves. The wolves had walked to the Michigan island from Canada, crossing Lake Superior in the winter when the…
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Tackling Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Blooms

US and Canada working together to reduce summer phosphorous levels in the smallest Great Lake

As summer gets into full swing, the people of Toledo, Ohio, begin what has become a disturbing annual ritual —- the wait for a toxic algae bloom to erupt across Lake Erie. This year, however, the anticipation may be mixed with hope,…
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Air Pollution May Affect Children’s Mental Health

Study finds increased psychiatric disorders among kids living in areas with higher vehicle emissions

Add one more to the long list of harms caused by air pollution — mental health problems in children. A new study by researchers from Umeå University in Sweden warns that prolonged exposure to polluted air, especially air containing particulates from vehicle…
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Environmental Justice Activists in Alabama Fight $30 Million Defamation Lawsuit

ACLU cites First Amendment, files for dismissal of suit that has ‘chilling effect’ on free speech

Free speech is enshrined in the American ethos. It is a core principle of the Constitution, protected by the First Amendment, and has been defended for centuries in the courts. In Uniontown, Alabama, however, a group of concerned citizens-turned-environmental justice activists are…
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Down to 60: Scientists Contemplate Risky Captive Breeding for Endangered Vaquita

As the panda porpoise plunges toward extinction, scientists have a tough decision to make

Today, there are approximately 7.3 billion people on the planet — and only 60 vaquitas. The vaquita has seen its population drop by 92 percent in less than 20 years in Mexico’s Gulf of California as the tiny porpoises suffocate to death…
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Voices

Betty Reid-Soskin
The National Park Service’s oldest ranger sees herself as an “evolving person in an evolving nation in an evolving universe.”
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Jordan Fisher Smith
Author and former wilderness ranger talks about the implications of our efforts to engineer nature.
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Jose Gonzalez
The founder of Latino Outdoors describes his path to finding his role as an ambicultural leader
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Rue Mapp
Outdoor Afro founder shares how African Americans have a deep, intergenerational connection to nature and the outdoors.
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Lynnea Shuck
The former Brower Youth Award winner ruminates on how spending time outdoors allows us to connect not only with the natural world, but with each other as well.
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Where the Wild Things Are

We can no longer think of our cities or towns as exempt from the natural world – or as off limits to wildlife
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The Making of a National Park

Why locals want Arizona’s Chiricahua National Monument to become the nation’s next national park
By Jackie Dishner

Room for More

There is no better time to put forward a bold vision of an expanded national park system
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